A couple weeks ago I shared a post on decorating with books along with links to some of my favorite ones. You can find that here. This week I wanted to show you some of my favorite ways to use them!
There is of course, the bookcase approach. I’ve got some books lined up traditionally and some stacked horizontally. They are not arranged by color but by subject because that’s just natural and useful for us.
These are floating shelves above the desk in our bedroom.
This stunning photo was featured in Better Homes and Gardens and is from Edie at Life In Grace. I love her use of books and color throughout her home!
Below is from the little boy’s room in The Montgomery House I worked on several months ago.
The thing about books is they don’t stick to a color scheme. They provide un-matching and natural color to a room that makes it come alive. If you love to read, don’t feel like you have to hide your books!
This one is from my youngest son’s nursery.
I think my philosophy about books can be said of anything you love, really. Decorate your home with the things you love and it will fall into place. Don’t feel like you have to stick to what is trendy or what belongs in a certain style or color scheme. Use things you love, things that you collect, things you are drawn to. This is what gives a home its unique and lived in feel and what separates it from a showroom or catalog that has no character or life.
How gorgeous and unique are these children’s classics? I think I’d like to start a collection of them.
Another place I like to use books? Underneath lamps. It seems I can never get a lamp tall enough.
Books on coffee tables- love! Right now we are in a season of life where the coffee table needs to stay pretty empty, but if I could style my coffee table with pretty and interesting books, I would.
In this living room, I used baskets underneath to fill with kids’ books and puzzles to add in some color. On top we had a tray for magazines- they act similarly to books in providing color that doesn’t have to stick to a scheme.
Mantles could use some books too! Mine is pretty shallow and right above it is our TV, so I don’t use books there, but you definitely could. This picture is from an episode of Fixer Upper by the fantastic Joanna Gaines. These books aren’t colorful, but look like something you could find in a used book store or antique shop.
This last one is a fantastic example of using books to bring color to an otherwise neutral room. Cover up those sunflowers and books and you lose so much of what makes this room so special! Anyone remember Brooke White from American Idol years ago? Find more of her fun home tour here.
So what about you? Do you use books in your home? I’d love to hear how you bring what you love into your decorating!